Patricia Robinson currently holds the professional title of Director of Operations for Emmis Communications’ New York/Hot 97, WBLS, and WLIB.
Her exceptional work ethic, apparent leadership, creativity, attention to detail, and consummate professionalism has earned her a dynamic career –spanning over ten years—–in Human Resources. She has also garnered success in developing workforce and mentoring programs for New York City youth to ensure prosperity in the workplace and in life—a mission that she is exceptionally passionate about. Patricia Robinson is the quintessential renaissance woman.
She holds a Masters of Management & Human Resources and a Bachelor’s in Business &Finance, both from the University of Phoenix. She is also a licensed Public Notary and a Public Notary Real Estate Agent.
Patricia has been recognized in the September 2017 Huffington Post featuring “On the Forefront of Next Generation African American Women Leaders in Media”. Patricia was also recognized for her achievements, and was published as one of Radio Ink’s 2015 “Future African American Leaders in Radio.” Patricia serves a key member of Colin Kaepernicks “Your Rights Camp”, where she works intricately with him to support raising awareness and self- empowerment and understanding interacting with law enforcement.
Over the last year, Patricia continues to be involved in mentoring workshops with young adults, keynote and guest speaking for various women’s entrepreneurial seminars including MCU, Youth Panel, Harlem Talent Network, Sister Sipher -Embrace Your Cake, and Power Of YouTeens “Girl Rising Empowerment Experience”. Patricia is also actively involved with NYPD Community Programs such as “My School Has Rhythm Not Violence” and works closely with the Commissioner’s’ Office of Department of Youth and Community Development. Lastly, Patricia served in a Strategic Think Tank session —-where she was invited by David Fischer — (appointed by Mayor De Blasio) who is the Executive Director for the NYC Center for Youth Employment, Patricia’s wide array of career achievements demonstrate a robust work ethic, but her passion and enthusiasm, coupled with her sense of humility, organically platforms her as the highly respected professional that she is today.
Prior to obtaining her current Director of Operations title, Patricia began her career in radio as an administrative/finance clerk with only a high school diploma. It was there that her determination to succeed inspired her to return to school full time and obtain her Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree and eventually her Master’s degree, and earn her HR Certification license. Patricia’s tenacity to self-improve and thrive, opened doors to eventually land her a Senior Position and later, the Director of Operations title.
As Director of Operations-NY, Patricia is involved in the on boarding of employees all while working alongside a very broad and diverse staff. She plays a critical role in supporting operations management, and over the span of years supported over 5 Senior Vice Presidents/General Managers, and currently works in tandem with Senior Vice President/General Manager- Charlie Morgan. Throughout her tenure, she has earned the respect and credibility from high profile On-Air Talent, and has built incredible relationships with the entire workforce.
It is through her close relationships and stellar work reputation that she is also able to play a significant role in Hot 97’s major annual event: “Hot 97 Summer Jam.” For the past several years, Patricia has worked closely to recruit non- profit organizations in bringing hundreds of volunteers to assist with organizing the festivities of Summer Jam, the world’s biggest Hip Hop concert that has spanned for over 24 years. Organizations that Patricia has recruited include City Year, the Veterans Aid Society, and the New York Urban League. This allowed over 100students to volunteer for the event. Not only has Patricia excelled in the workforce, she is adamant about giving back and helping others succeed as well. In 2006, she advised the then SVP/GM on the relevance of connecting Emmis with programs that would help to provide real-world experience to individuals who may not have been able to obtain access on their own. Patricia initially began her mission with NYC programs working with one contractor, and has now expanded with 15 vendors that support NYC initiatives such as the Youth Adult Internship Program, a 14-week internship for young adults (ages 16 to 24) from New York City who are unemployed and out of school, the Summer Youth Employment Program, Ladders For Leaders, and more. These programs focus on career instruction, academic improvement, and social growth. Patricia also participated as an employer supporter for several years for the NYC Mayor’s Office of People of Disabilities mentorship day, which allowed students with disabilities to spend a day on the job with their workplace mentors.
In addition to developing work opportunity programs, Patricia is passionate about sharing her wisdom and knowledge in an effort to empower others to thrive by way of various panels and speaking engagements. She has participated in the Workforce Partners Training Institute, DYCD, and foster care agency panels. She is often invited to speak to share business insight and success strategies.
Any opportunity Patricia has to uplift and empower others, she readily takes it. Patricia prides herself on her active involvement in her community. She participates in NYPD Programs, has created a host of “tours” at the radio station that allows public schools from elementary, middle school, high school and colleges to come in for “tours/informational/mentor sessions”. She supports programs such as Tuesday’s Children, which helps mentor children who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks.
Patricia has also partnered with Pencil.org as a Business Professional, lending her workplace expertise to the Village Academy in Far Rockaway. On her personal time, she served as a volunteer in her church The Greater Allen Cathedral as a camera assistant, and also served as a PTA President for Cambria Heights HS, during her son’s academic years. In 2012, she served as a 2-year Parent Teachers Organization member at Cambria Heights Academy where worked closely with the Principal, parents, and students for cohesive parent/student/teacher initiatives and fundraising.
She is committed an active in her community to evolve change.